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Hollywood's hottest bromance pair Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy: 'We did a lot of messing on set'

Jennifer Wilson

Published 16/08/2016 | 12:11

Anthropoid, the soon to be released World War Two epic concluded filming almost a year ago, but it seems its two Irish lead actors remain closer than ever.

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Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy have revealed how they were drawn to each other on their on-set location of Prague, leading to the development of an unprecedented bromance.

Both Dornan and Murphy had admired the other's work prior to working together, primarily in their respective breakout roles 50 Shades of Grey and Peaky Blinders.

Yet a true friendship blossomed when they were thrown together to film Sean Ellis’s historical war drama.

In an interview with The Sun, Murphy said their natural chemistry didn't spring from their mutual nationalities.

"I think it was kind of coincidental that we were Irish. We could be from anywhere. It seemed to work on camera."

Jamie Dornan of frenzied 50 Shades of Grey fame, was equally reciprocal in praising his co-star.

Dornan demonstrated his appreciation, infusing his response with a friendly undertone of wit, a characteristic of which is a likely fuel feeding into their friendship.

"Obviously he’s a great deal older than me, so I’ve sort of grown up watching Cillian’s work," the thirty-four year old quipped of Murphy, six years his senior.

Dornan sincerely recalled his brimming anticipation to work with Murphy, stating that in a tight knit industry it is easier to infer ahead of time which actors have good reputations.

"It’s a tiny industry. Actor’s all know each other to a point where you always know someone who knows the other person who worked with them... I’d known plenty of people who’d worked with Cillian and he was one of those people I’d only heard good things about."

Murphy has reiterated this, previously commenting on the narrow nature of the industry, revealing that mystical connections of enduring friendships are rare occurrences on film sets.

"I’d say it like this, you know you make a lot of films and you spend time with people and it gets quite intimate, it’s quite intense...but there are only some times when you stay friends, and this was one of those," he said, lauding his co-star.

“We did a lot of messing on set.”

Anthropoid is a World War II film based on the true story of two Czech soldiers sent to carry out the assassination of SS officer Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler’s third in command, which became known as Operation Anthropoid.

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